Future Operations on LNG
Logistics services provider Simon Loos, Netherlands, has ordered 30 Mercedes-Benz Econic 1828 NGT chassis with eco-friendly natural gas drive. The Econic is designed as an environmentally friendly, low-floor transport vehicle for municipal transportation, consolidation and short-radius distribution applications. The first vehicle out of the order for 23 semitrailer tractor vehicles and seven chassis has now been handed over at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth.
The Econic is driven by an EEV-certified in-line six-cylinder 900-series engine in the form of a mono-fuel natural gas drive. The M906 LAG engine produces 205 kW (279 hp) from a displacement of 6.9 litres. The emissions produced by the Econic with natural gas drive do not contain any fine dust or particles. In addition, the gas drive also boasts low noise emissions. As a result, the Econic NGT has earned the right to bear the “Blue Angel” seal of approval. The Blue Angel is part of the association for the “Global Ecolabelling Network”, comprising 26 environmental labelling organisations worldwide.
Thanks to additional in-engine measures, the use of an Allison transmission as well as optimised soundproofing, it has been possible to achieve a further significant reduction in noise emissions down to 72 dBA, thus enabling the Econic to receive approval for round-the-clock operation – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Michael Dietz, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks, said, “In the future, the Econic NGT will be operated in the Netherlands with liquefied natural gas, LNG. In addition to benefitting from environmentally friendly and quiet combustion, the Econic running on LNG can achieve a very long range, almost equalling that of diesel vehicles. Reserves of natural gas are significantly greater than oil reserves, and many of the world’s countries can only transport their natural gas reserves to consumer countries as liquefied natural gas. In addition, the Econic can also run on renewable biogas, which is a CO2-neutral energy source. With this technology, our customer in Holland is setting new standards in city logistics.”
“We discussed the concept with our loading agents and Mercedes-Benz”, explains Simon Loos, whose fleet includes 425 towing and 645 towed vehicles. Trials and test operations began back in November 2009. “The Econic NGT ultimately emerged as the natural choice based on our considerations. The natural gas engine complies with EEV and is powerful enough to cope with the expected transport demands to be placed on it”, he concluded.
(This article compiled using information from a Daimler press release.)